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Where to Go for Boba Tea in San Diego

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Boba tea — also known as bubble tea — can be characterized by chewy tapioca balls swimming in milk tea served with a thick straw. In San Diego County alone, there are countless shops serving the traditional variety plus custom creations featuring add-ins like crystal boba and coffee jelly in a flavored milk tea. Here are some of the best boba places to check out in San Diego.

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1. Tastea San Diego

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10756 Westview Pkwy
San Diego, CA 92126
(858) 635-5888

Founded in Garden Grove, Mira Mesa’s newest teashop is a growing chain with several shops in California and Arizona. Along with a host of boba drinks, customers can also order salted cream teas and coffee. Tastetea also sells seasonal flavors like pumpkin milk tea, a drink using pumpkin pie formosa black tea topped with cheese foam and nutmeg. Avoid the wait by ordering via their app or online.

2. GuilTea Cravings

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5497 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 430-6420
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You can grab bubble drinks along with French macarons and hot menu items like garlic noodles or popcorn chicken at this Clairemont shop. Milk teas featuring jasmine, matcha and caramel are just a few varieties but those looking for keto drink options have plenty of choices, too.

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3. Camellia Rd Tea Bar

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8199 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Suite H
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 384-6486
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Friends Darwin Wu and Ricky Lau opened this shop in 2017 to bring craft tea options to San Diego. The menu is a focused selection of drinks using loose-leaf tea, plus they use real milk and plant-based options instead of non-dairy creamers. The shop also sells a boba box that includes all the ingredients to make drinks at home.

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4. The Korean Rose

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7655 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Ste. 502
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 430-6030
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Boba drinks at the Korean Rose only come in a hefty 24-ounce serving, but the tea choices are diverse. Milk, black, jasmine, oolong and Thai are a few options that can be garnished with unique add-ons like pineapple whipped cream, basil seeds and strawberry heart jelly.

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5. Sharetea

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4917 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 634-9695

This Taiwanese franchise’s milk tea with tapioca pearls set the stage for their successful launch in 1992 and since then has expanded its drink selection with all ingredients shipped from Taiwan. The menu is extensive and includes signature creations from lime mojito to simple brewed teas. When in doubt of what to order, start with the top 10 drinks menu and go from there.

6. Kung Fu Tea

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4869 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 384-6497
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This Brooklyn-based shop opened in 2010 and spread to 250+ spots in the U.S. alone. Its success lies in the variety of drinks ranging in classic boba teas to ones with Yakult, as well as slushes and espresso-based drinks. Check out the menu’s seasonal offerings for more unique drinks like purple yam lattes and strawberry yogurt lemonade.

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7. Tan-Cha

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4688 Convoy St #105
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 737-9098

You won’t find straws at this Rowland-based teahouse with a spot on Convoy. Instead, customers are encouraged to sip their beverages at a 45 degree angle to fully taste Tan-Chan’s cream and foam topping their teas. A few tea selections include uji matcha, Thai milk and oolong with the option to top it with cheese foam, tiramisu puff cream or add boba or red bean.

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8. Happy Lemon Convoy

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4633 Convoy St Suite 107
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 430-6800
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This Chinese import boasts 1,500 locations worldwide with three in the county. The franchise uses cane and brown sugar to sweeten all their drinks, and their fruity teas use fresh squeezed fruit juices. Classic drinks range from boba milk tea to the salted cheese series incorporating salted whipped cream. Food options fall into the snack realm with three kinds of bubble waffles available.

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9. Boba Bar and Desserts

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4619 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 256-0506
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The Convoy District location has very limited parking but once you get there, you’ll be rewarded with a menu packed with sweet drinks and desserts. The shop sells the coveted brown sugar marble boba drink featuring organic milk and a brown sugar latte. Desserts are equally good like the selection of freshly made puffles.

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10. R&B Tea

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4488 Convoy St STE H
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 602-8125
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This Convoy District drink stop is known for its high quality teas sourced from around the globe. A few examples include green tea from China, oolong from Taiwan and black tea imported from Sri Lanka. One out-of-the-box offering to look for is the shop’s cereal milk tea. It’s a selection from the shop’s signature cream series and includes your choice of cream cheese or tiramisu cream.

11. Ding Tea Balboa

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5945 Balboa Ave B
San Diego, CA 92111
(619) 343-3203
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Fresh brewed tea and real milk are featured in all the franchise’s tea creations. Established in 2004, the shop’s slogan “shake for life” emphasizes each drink creation is mixed by hand. Classic boba milk tea is good but Ding Tea also has a secret menu you can find on their website, featuring drinks like matcha Oreo tornado, mango marble and avocado durian smoothie.

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12. It's Boba Time San Diego

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4344 Convoy St Suite A
San Diego, CA 92111
(619) 860-2622
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The name alone is a big draw for those looking for bubble tea in the Convoy District and the menu includes all the usual boba drinks, iced teas, smoothies, frappes, shakes, cheese foams and frosty milk. The food menu is also extensive with açai bowls, shaved ice and French macarons being just a few of the options.

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13. Little Nap Cafe

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142 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 677-2117
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This spot serves full-on boba drinks along with coffee, bao buns and desserts. Located in Hillcrest, Little Nap Cafe covers the entire range of tea-based drinks and their boba is honey-sweetened.

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14. Lollicup Tea Zone

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1550 E H St UNIT H
Chula Vista, CA 91913
(619) 656-1488

When the bubble tea craze hit, Lollicup was one of the first franchised shops serving the drink and you can find it in Chula Vista. The shop features traditional milk tea with boba but expanded its menu with other options like pistachio slush and mango popping boba.

1. Tastea San Diego

10756 Westview Pkwy, San Diego, CA 92126

Founded in Garden Grove, Mira Mesa’s newest teashop is a growing chain with several shops in California and Arizona. Along with a host of boba drinks, customers can also order salted cream teas and coffee. Tastetea also sells seasonal flavors like pumpkin milk tea, a drink using pumpkin pie formosa black tea topped with cheese foam and nutmeg. Avoid the wait by ordering via their app or online.

10756 Westview Pkwy
San Diego, CA 92126

2. GuilTea Cravings

5497 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117
GuilTea Cravings/Facebook

You can grab bubble drinks along with French macarons and hot menu items like garlic noodles or popcorn chicken at this Clairemont shop. Milk teas featuring jasmine, matcha and caramel are just a few varieties but those looking for keto drink options have plenty of choices, too.

5497 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92117

3. Camellia Rd Tea Bar

8199 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Suite H, San Diego, CA 92111
Camellia Rd Tea Bar/Facebook

Friends Darwin Wu and Ricky Lau opened this shop in 2017 to bring craft tea options to San Diego. The menu is a focused selection of drinks using loose-leaf tea, plus they use real milk and plant-based options instead of non-dairy creamers. The shop also sells a boba box that includes all the ingredients to make drinks at home.

8199 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Suite H
San Diego, CA 92111

4. The Korean Rose

7655 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Ste. 502, San Diego, CA 92111
The Korean Rose/Facebook

Boba drinks at the Korean Rose only come in a hefty 24-ounce serving, but the tea choices are diverse. Milk, black, jasmine, oolong and Thai are a few options that can be garnished with unique add-ons like pineapple whipped cream, basil seeds and strawberry heart jelly.

7655 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Ste. 502
San Diego, CA 92111

5. Sharetea

4917 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111

This Taiwanese franchise’s milk tea with tapioca pearls set the stage for their successful launch in 1992 and since then has expanded its drink selection with all ingredients shipped from Taiwan. The menu is extensive and includes signature creations from lime mojito to simple brewed teas. When in doubt of what to order, start with the top 10 drinks menu and go from there.

4917 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111

6. Kung Fu Tea

4869 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111
Kung Fu Tea/Facebook

This Brooklyn-based shop opened in 2010 and spread to 250+ spots in the U.S. alone. Its success lies in the variety of drinks ranging in classic boba teas to ones with Yakult, as well as slushes and espresso-based drinks. Check out the menu’s seasonal offerings for more unique drinks like purple yam lattes and strawberry yogurt lemonade.

4869 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111

7. Tan-Cha

4688 Convoy St #105, San Diego, CA 92111
Tan-Cha/Facebook

You won’t find straws at this Rowland-based teahouse with a spot on Convoy. Instead, customers are encouraged to sip their beverages at a 45 degree angle to fully taste Tan-Chan’s cream and foam topping their teas. A few tea selections include uji matcha, Thai milk and oolong with the option to top it with cheese foam, tiramisu puff cream or add boba or red bean.

4688 Convoy St #105
San Diego, CA 92111

8. Happy Lemon Convoy

4633 Convoy St Suite 107, San Diego, CA 92111
Happy Lemon/Facebook

This Chinese import boasts 1,500 locations worldwide with three in the county. The franchise uses cane and brown sugar to sweeten all their drinks, and their fruity teas use fresh squeezed fruit juices. Classic drinks range from boba milk tea to the salted cheese series incorporating salted whipped cream. Food options fall into the snack realm with three kinds of bubble waffles available.

4633 Convoy St Suite 107
San Diego, CA 92111

9. Boba Bar and Desserts

4619 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111
Boba Bar/Facebook

The Convoy District location has very limited parking but once you get there, you’ll be rewarded with a menu packed with sweet drinks and desserts. The shop sells the coveted brown sugar marble boba drink featuring organic milk and a brown sugar latte. Desserts are equally good like the selection of freshly made puffles.

4619 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111

10. R&B Tea

4488 Convoy St STE H, San Diego, CA 92111

This Convoy District drink stop is known for its high quality teas sourced from around the globe. A few examples include green tea from China, oolong from Taiwan and black tea imported from Sri Lanka. One out-of-the-box offering to look for is the shop’s cereal milk tea. It’s a selection from the shop’s signature cream series and includes your choice of cream cheese or tiramisu cream.

4488 Convoy St STE H
San Diego, CA 92111

11. Ding Tea Balboa

5945 Balboa Ave B, San Diego, CA 92111
Ding Tea/Facebook

Fresh brewed tea and real milk are featured in all the franchise’s tea creations. Established in 2004, the shop’s slogan “shake for life” emphasizes each drink creation is mixed by hand. Classic boba milk tea is good but Ding Tea also has a secret menu you can find on their website, featuring drinks like matcha Oreo tornado, mango marble and avocado durian smoothie.

5945 Balboa Ave B
San Diego, CA 92111

12. It's Boba Time San Diego

4344 Convoy St Suite A, San Diego, CA 92111
It’s Boba Time/Facebook

The name alone is a big draw for those looking for bubble tea in the Convoy District and the menu includes all the usual boba drinks, iced teas, smoothies, frappes, shakes, cheese foams and frosty milk. The food menu is also extensive with açai bowls, shaved ice and French macarons being just a few of the options.

4344 Convoy St Suite A
San Diego, CA 92111

13. Little Nap Cafe

142 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
Little Nap Cafe/Facebook

This spot serves full-on boba drinks along with coffee, bao buns and desserts. Located in Hillcrest, Little Nap Cafe covers the entire range of tea-based drinks and their boba is honey-sweetened.

142 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

14. Lollicup Tea Zone

1550 E H St UNIT H, Chula Vista, CA 91913

When the bubble tea craze hit, Lollicup was one of the first franchised shops serving the drink and you can find it in Chula Vista. The shop features traditional milk tea with boba but expanded its menu with other options like pistachio slush and mango popping boba.

1550 E H St UNIT H
Chula Vista, CA 91913

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